Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Opening of Expo 67


On this day in 1967, Expo 67 was declared officially open in Montreal; the lavish opening ceremony - featuring Canadian Governor-General Roland Michener - was broadcast around the world, although attendance in person was by invitation only. Situated on a series of manmade islands in the Saint Lawrence River (and an artificially enlarged Île Sainte-Hélène) the fair was the brainchild of Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau.

The fair itself was the centrepiece of the celebration of Canada's centennial year. It opened to the public the next day, setting attendance records; 50 million in total visited the park, with 559,000 on a single day. One of the fair's few remaining landmarks is Habitat 67, a housing development built by Moshe Safdie.

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